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'''Theophrastus''' (; ''Theόphrastos''; c. 371 – c. 287 BC), a Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos Island|Lesbos, was the successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic school. He came to Athens at a young age and initially studied in Platonic Academy|Plato's school. After Plato's death, he attached himself to Aristotle. Aristotle bequeathed to Theophrastus his writings and designated him as his successor at the Lyceum (Classical)|Lyceum. Theophrastus presided over the Peripatetic school for thirty-six years, during which time the school flourished greatly. He is often considered the "father of botany" for his works on plants. After his death, the Athenians honoured him with a public funeral. His successor as head of the school was Strato of Lampsacus. The interests of Theophrastus were wide ranging, extending from biology and physics to ethics and metaphysics. His two surviving...
RegionWestern Philosophy
EraAncient philosophy
Birth datec. 371 BC
Birth placeEresos
Death datec. 287 BC
Death placeAthens
School traditionPeripatetic school
Main interestsBotany, ethics, grammar, history, logic, metaphysics, natural history, physics
Notable ideasDeveloped the philosophy of Aristotle
InfluencesAristotle, Plato
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